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Seattle Art Museum

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Address: 1300 1st Avenue, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2902
Phone Number: 206-654-3100
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: This post-modern structure houses an impressive and eclectic collection.
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This museum is very interesting; it has quite an assortment of art collections, some of which I just thought were odd, others which I thought were quite stunning. I don't know... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The Seattle Art Museum was a disappointment. There are some nice collections but the overall presentation of the many small but very different collections lacks focus and I am left to wonder what the point was. What bothers me most about this museum are 2 things 1. Accessibility, it is too expensive for many people to enjoy. One free day... More 

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The Seattle Art Museum though small compared to some other metropolitan museums is first rate. They were showing a temporary exhibit "Indigenous Beauty," masterworks both contemporary and historical of American indian Art. This exhibit is exceptional! The museum highlights Japanese Art, American Indian Art, Contemporary, and also has interactive areas for people and children. I highly recommend the Seattle Art... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Definitely plan to spend a few hours here during your visit - it's a great museum with many excellent wings.

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

This museum is very interesting; it has quite an assortment of art collections, some of which I just thought were odd, others which I thought were quite stunning. I don't know that I'd go again, but It was worth going once. If you like modern art, or native art, you'll get quite a bit of both right now. I've heard... More 

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Tustin, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The museum is a bit on the smaller side and the layout was extremely confusing at first. In hindsight, I should have taken a map guide with me or something, as I spent a few minutes just trying to figure everything out. I agree with other contributors that this museum seems to focus more on the contemporary arts, but I... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This place seems bigger than it is, perhaps because it used to seem so cramped. But I don't think the permanent exhibit is as extensively displayed as it used to be. The traveling exhibits are world class and the lectures, if you can catch them are wonderful. Usually you pay more for them but then you get the whole museum.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

There are so many artistic and knowledgeable people in this town that I thought for sure SAM would be the best art museum I'd ever visited. I was sadly mistaken. The collections, on their own are impressive. However I was expecting the experience to be more cohesive and with more emphasis on modern art and statement pieces. The museum needs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Such a diverse collection. I could spend hours here going from one room to the next. Friendly staff makes the whole experience very enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We spent some time touring the SAM one rainy afternoon in Seattle. All types of art on display....classic, contemporary, cultural, & modern. There's something for everyone!

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Springfield, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This is my third visit to the Seattle Art Museum but the first time I was able to take pictures now that their rules have changed and they allow non-flash non-commercial photography. As a photographer I was particularly pleased that their lighting of art objects is, in most galleries, soft and well-distributed making it possible to take nicely exposed images... More 

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